The problems of shark finning
are deeply rooted within humanity's complex relationship with sharks.
Apathy-They have no idea about shark finning
or do not care to know anything about it.
Federal law prohibits finning
but allows shark fishing under strict limits if the whole animal is brought to land.
The countries where finning
is illegal, like the US, can't enforce their laws on the high seas.
Regulation EC 1185/2003 bans shark finning
on board vessels but establishes a number of exceptions.
This regulation establishes a general ban on finning
(which involves removing a shark's fins on board a ship and throwing the rest of the body back into the sea) but provides that "vessels which hold a special fishing permit may be allowed to completely remove shark fins from dead sharks on board, as well as to keep on board, transfer and unload shark fins" (Article 4).
Nations have acted to tighten anti-finning
laws in an attempt to reduce the controversial practice in their national waters, but this alone is insufficient to halt finning
in international waters or in jurisdictions that do not prohibit it.
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Around the world, 17 nations have acted against shark finning
, including the Maldives in 2008.
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One of the reasons it is so rampant is that consumers do not know the implications of shark finning
The demand for shark fins often leads to "shark finning
," the cruel and wasteful practice where the fins of a shark are cut off and the remainder of the animal is thrown back into the water.
EUROPE'S lax shark finning
rules could be tightened with a European Commission report admitting existing conservation measures are failing.
Group UK has promoted Christine Hardy to the newly created position of UK training and development manager.
Costa Rica has created a new loophole for shark finning
, the ostensibly illegal practice of cutting the valuable dorsal fins from certain species of the animals and discarding the rest of the carcass.